Mojito is undoubtedly one of the best cocktails to drink in summer. It is super refreshing thanks to the mint and lime juice, and it is also delicious, thanks to the sweet touch of sugar. Imagine yourself in a relaxed atmosphere, with a gentle evening breeze and a nice cold mojito. Is there anything better? And this popular drink, so loved around the world, also has its own day on the calendar. Join us to celebrate Mojito Day, knowing some curiosities of this cocktail. And, of course, preparing a spectacular mojito.
Every July 11th is celebrated the World Mojito Day. A perfect date because it is the ideal cocktail to drink in this weather.
And, although we have researched very thoroughly about its origin, and the reason for this celebration, it is not at all clear. It is undoubtedly a perfect date to commemorate this cocktail and pay tribute to it as it deserves.
But if you’ve been left wanting to know some history about this cocktail, join us to discover its origin:
History of this cocktail, How was it born?
Many are the legends that revolve around the creation of this cocktail. But, if all these stories have something in common, it is the approximate date of its origin. And they all seem to agree that the Mojito was born in the 16th century, in Cuba.
At that time, a drink called guarapo was very common in Cuba. Which was simply the juice of sugar cane. And, one of the many legends about the origin of this delicious cocktail, says that it was born thanks to the guarapo.
When a pirate ship arrived in Cuba, the hospitable locals immediately offered them guarapo to drink. One of the corsairs on board, Francis Drake, as soon as he tasted it, decided to add rum, lime and mint, thus giving birth to the mojito.
But this is only one of the many legends and stories that revolve around the Mojito. It could also have originated as a curative drink, to alleviate the symptoms of the so common scurvy. A sailors’ disease that ravaged the crews at that time.
July 11: Mojito Day
Did you know that Ernest Hemingway was a great lover of the mojito? During Prohibition in the United States, many people used to go down to Havana for cocktails and spirits, and among them was Ernest Hemingway.
The novelist was so fond of this drink that he used to go down to Cuba on a regular basis to visit his favorite bars during the famous Prohibition.
So much so that it is even said that Hemingway had his own Mojito recipe. A cocktail that also included Champagne, the Mojito Royal.
And, now that we have seen the history of this delicious cocktail, what better way to celebrate Mojito Day than preparing a refreshing one? Don’t miss out on how to make a Mojito, as it is very easy and quick.
For a mojito, you will only need about 70 ml. of Cuban rum, 125 ml. of sparkling water, 1 teaspoon of brown sugar, mint, a lime and lots of crushed ice.
Cut the lime in two halves. One of the halves we will cut into pieces and add it to the glass where we are going to serve our mojito. This cocktail is prepared directly where we are going to drink it.
We also include the mint leaves and crush lightly.
Add the sugar and the juice of the other half lime, add the rest of the ingredients and mix gently. Now we have a spectacular cocktail ready.